Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mermaid Tail {Tutorial}

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For Emma's 3rd birthday, I knew I wanted to have mermaid tails for party favors!  


Finding a good tutorial or how-to on how to make them = not happening!


I'm here to fix that!






These sequined tails are full of girlie goodness.  The mermaid in your life will LOVE this tail.




Supplies Needed

  • 1 yard of sequin fabric (I found mine at JoAnn's)
  • 1 yard of coordinating cotton for back (I bought the cheapest cotton they had)
  • 55" of 1 inch wide satin ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Mermaid Tail pattern (download below!!)




Directions

First up, print your pattern and cut it out!  


It is 4 pages long, and should look like this when printed and taped together.




Fold your fabric in half length wise, and lay your pattern on top.




Should look like this:


Ignore my ugly pattern....I used scrap paper to make it!


MAKE SURE you line up your pattern on the FOLD of the fabric.



Cut out BOTH the sequin fabric and the cotton backing.


The fabric will look like this after cut and unfolded.




After you have cut both fabrics, pin them RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER.



Pin all the way around the tail, leaving a small gap in the top of the tail for turning.



Sew around the entire tail, leaving a small gap to turn.



Turn tail right side out and PRESS.  Don't get your iron too hot, or you will melt the sequins.  A good press will make the tail lay nice and flat!


Now it's time to close up the gap AND add the ribbon.  I'm all about combining steps!



Pin your ribbon across the top of the tail, making sure to close the gap with the pins.



Top stitch the ribbon to the tail on all four sides of the ribbon.




Guess what?  Tie on that tail, and DONE!




Notes: The length of this tail is perfect for the 3-4 year old crowd.  It brushes the bottom of the floor for my tall 7 year old, but doesn't drag.  Lengthen or shorten the pattern as needed!


A few cute girlies enjoying their party favors!






Mermaid Tail Pattern




13 comments:

  1. I've been looking everywhere for a mermaid tail pattern. Thank you so much for including one!! My girls are gonna be so excited!

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  2. I tried printing the pattern but nothing showed up on the paper. The pattern was too light. Could you email me the pattern?

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    1. Irene could you send your email address?

      Salgado.sarah@gmail.com

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  3. I just whipped up a couple of these today and am in LOVE with how easy and cute they turned out!! I altered the pattern to fit my nine year old and ten month old. Teeny tiny mermaid tails are to die for cute :) Thank you!!!!

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  4. Hi! I tried to print this latter and it came out as a blank page. Is there anyway you can send me a darker copy of the patter? Thanks!

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  5. I am unable to down load the pattern, it is very possible operator error - but I am not telling! Please email the pattern, my girly is gonna flip out over this business! james.reneb@gmail.com. Thank You for fixing the problem - you are AWESOME.

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  7. After searching Google for something to do with mermaids and due to a short notice of a 4 year old little girl neighbor having a birthday in a few days I wanted to make her something she will love. To her mermaid's rock her world ! I came across your site and and I am so glad I did !!! I sew handmade dolls everyday and reading the instructions on some of them,measure,draw,this,that and the other thing I said forget it !Long story short, THANK YOU !!! Your's is easy fast,don't need a degree to understand the instructions,etc.The best ! can't wait to get started Happy Tail going on here :D

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  8. I made this tonight and it turned out great! Your instructions were so clear and easy! Thank you!

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  9. Love this!
    Do I have to do anything special to sew over sequins?
    Thanks!

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  10. Esta increible muchisimas gracias por el tip!

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